STAGE REVIEW: Fitting @ Alphabetti, Newcastle (25.02.20) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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In times when the trans rights debate appears to be yet another topic that pushes us towards having a binary viewpoint, it’s nice to see some art that challenges our, and my, viewpoint of what it means to self-identify and explores the spaces in between the soundbites.  

Movingly autobiographical, it’s performer Matt Miller and director Peader Kirk’s staging of Fitting which proves the show’s most impactful metaphor; silently running visuals (a constant changing of male/female costumes and live performances of magic tricks) alongside a core, one-person, narrative about the challenges of identifying as non-binary.

A superb artistic statement, performed through a poetic, first person, delivery, Miller uses the stage as a vehicle to demonstrate the correlation between being able to concentrate on one narrative through an ever-changing stage setting, with the ability for the trans community to maintain identity through shifting genders.  

The stage may look different, but the content remains the same. Just as the show is neither a fashion show, a play, or a magic performance (it’s all three), Fitting cleverly demonstrates that to be trans is not simply about being male or female.

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